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Review: El Tesoro

El Tesoro

El Tesoro and Oro Azul (NOM 1079) were my first loves when it comes to tequila. I was worried the brand wasn't going to be able to keep up with quality from some of the early-2000s Olive Oil bottlings that made me fall in love. While the profile isn't entirely the same today, the quality is definitely still there - especially on the core line-up XA offerings and these single barrel repos.

7 Guys Collective is a series of seven liquor stores on the Southside of Chicago (both city and burbs). They do a LOT of picks and generally are very well received by enthusiasts.


El Tesoro Reposado - 7 Guys Collective (B-046) - 40.5%

Notes: Rich and heavy right out of the glass on the nose - savory spice, black pepper, cheesy, fresh pepper. Full on the palate as well - poblano (there's a chile relleno quality here), light orange, minerality, savory spice. The structure is full, rich, and slow. Light baking spice mid-palate to provide structure.

Score: 7 (Highly Recommend) Rich, heavier style - love it.


El Tesoro Anejo - Batch 003 (2018) - 40%

Notes: Nose is very light w/ clean, fresh agave, citrus, mint, faint honeydew, background cream cheese frosting. Light on the palate as well, but still balanced and complex - citrus, melon, some earthy clay, minerality. Cardamom pops on the back half to keep the structure active.

Score: 7 (Highly Recommend) Many of these notes feel like a soft callback to the early-2000s, Olive Oil bottlings that I loved so much. Just a little dialed back, lighter in body, and not quite as expressive.


Rating System

10 - Reevaluate The Budget

9 - Stash Two (If Able)

8 - Stash One (At The Right Price)

7 - Highly Recommend It To Strangers

6 - Solid - Above Average

5 - Acceptable For The Situation

4 - Not Vocally Complaining

3 - Anything Else To Drink?

2 - Nothing Nice To Say

1 - Drain Pour

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